Exaggerating the recent turn of events: How close are we to reality? | Shreshtha Mishra

With Brexit, the victory of Donald Trump, the return of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) after 14 years and now with Yogi Adityanath being announced as the Chief Minister (CM) of UP, everything as we know it, is changing. Continue reading Exaggerating the recent turn of events: How close are we to reality? | Shreshtha Mishra

Violent Cultures of Protest| Abhishruti Sarmah

The police had refused to file an FIR against the ABVP goons for disrupting the session. Instead, they lathi-charged the peaceful protesters who were simply demanding that an FIR be filed. This only proves true what the ABVP goons had chanted “Yeh Andar Ki Baat Hain, Police Hamare Saath Hain.” The police had abused the protesters, bashed them, and forced them into a bus that took them around Delhi for at least two hours. Section 144 was rumoured to have been declared by the Delhi Police in the University campus. Reports from that night were scary and disturbing. The ABVP goons were supposedly roaming around the campus armed with sticks, identifying students present in the protest, in college hostels and PGs in and around the campus. A message for the north campus students who were part of the protests was doing rounds in the social media, instilling fear and intimidating them by asking them to leave the campus lest they be attacked. The Delhi Police seemed least bothered about the safety or security of the students who were offended by the disruption of the session. Continue reading Violent Cultures of Protest| Abhishruti Sarmah

To Ambedkar with Love: BJP| Karan Sharma

Interestingly, they forget Ambedkar’s unequivocal criticism of Manusmriti, one of the Dharmashastra, to which RSS pays homage to. Moreover, he publicly burned Manusmriti to symbolise the end of caste discrimination. On the contrary, RSS’s second chief M.S. Golwalkar held Manusmriti as a masterpiece of ancient Indian legal code, which he fondly used to quote Guruji’s take on Manu as ‘the first, the wisest, and the greatest lawgiver in the history of mankind’. Continue reading To Ambedkar with Love: BJP| Karan Sharma

Panneerselvam: From Slave to Valkyrie

Panneerselvam’s role can very well be compared to that of Bharat in Ramayana. Even after his blackballing, Bharat chose to rule in Rama’s name for 14 years but never sat on the throne and was all courteous towards Rama. Panneerselvam was the humble, staunch Amma loyalist who was given the post of Chief Minister and was asked to take care of the party and the state in her, and her close aide Sasikala’s absence. Continue reading Panneerselvam: From Slave to Valkyrie

Players in 2017 French Election|Tejas Rao

Amidst a bit of controversy owing to the WikiLeaks expose, the French elections seem to have gathered up quite a storm. In this article, I examine the ideologies and political stances of every major candidate in the elections – holding these to a yardstick the proclaimed ideology would actually take, and comparing the stance to that of other parties in other constituencies. Continue reading Players in 2017 French Election|Tejas Rao